US President Donald Trump has released his Middle East peace plan.
Donald Trump promised to keep Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital.
In the long-awaited plan, he suggested a sovereign Palestinian state and the identity of Israeli independence over West Bank settlements.
Donald Trump, while standing alongside Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, said his suggestions “could be the last opportunity” for Palestinians.
However, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the proposal and called it a “conspiracy.”
He said in a televised address from Ramallah, “I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for a bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass,”
The blueprint was called up under the stewardship of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. That blueprint was supposed to be used to solve one of the world’s longest-running disputes.
Trump’s proposal included the following points.
- “The US will recognize Israeli sovereignty over territory that Mr. Trump’s plan envisages being part of Israel. The plan includes a conceptual map that Mr. Trump says illustrates the territorial compromises that Israel is willing to make”
- “The map will “more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem”, where Mr. Trump says the US would open an embassy. The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) said Mr. Trump’s plan would give Palestinians control over 15% of what it called “historic Palestine”.”
- “Jerusalem “will remain Israel’s undivided capital”. Both Israel and the Palestinians hold competing claims to the holy city. The Palestinians insist that East Jerusalem, which Israel occupied in the 1967 Middle East war, be the capital of their future state.”
- “An opportunity for Palestinians to “achieve an independent state of their very own” – however, he gave few details.”
- “No Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes” – suggesting that existing Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will remain.
- “Israel will work with the king of Jordan to ensure that the status quo governing the key holy site in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and al-Haram al-Sharif to Muslims is preserved. Jordan runs the religious trust that administers the site.”
- “Territory allocated to Palestinians in Mr. Trump’s map “will remain open and undeveloped for four years”. During that time, Palestinians can study the deal, negotiate with Israel, and “achieve the criteria for statehood”.”
This is what a future State of Palestine can look like, with a capital in parts of East Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/39vw3pPrAL
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020